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CHARLOTTESVILLE – Members of the Virginia women’s basketball team took part in two community service efforts last week, including visiting an elementary school profoundly affected by the August earthquake.

Senior Chelsea Shine, juniors Simone Egwu, Lexie Gerson and Erinn Thompson and sophomore Sarah Beth Barnette visited Moss-Nuckols Elementary School in Mineral, Va., to participate in the school’s Teamwork Unit.

The student-athletes broke into groups with the elementary school students and talked about the important characteristics of being on a team. Each child wrote their favorite teamwork trait on a leaf and then taped the leaves to a ‘Teamwork Tree.’

The Cavaliers then took an opportunity to put the teamwork traits to use and taught some basic basketball skills outside of the school.

Mineral, Va., is the area that was most profoundly affected by the August earthquake in the Charlottesville area and kids were out of school for quite a few weeks.

In another part of the surrounding Charlottesville area, sophomore Jazmin Pitts took part in Waynesboro Walk to School Week at Berkeley Glenn Elementary School in Waynesboro, Va.

Pitts walked with the children of the elementary school from the YMCA to school that morning, then visited a few third-grade classrooms to talk about the importance of working hard in school.

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